Friday, December 19, 2008

Hearty Tomato Soup with Lemon and Rosemary

Cook Time: 35 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings


* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 onion, peeled and chopped
* 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white) beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
* 3 cups chicken broth
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, plus 1 teaspoon, minced
* 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 2/3 cup creme fraiche
* Zest of one lemon


In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the
onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender,
about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon
rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Bring the soup to a boil over high
heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.

Puree the soup in a blender in batches, being careful to remove and
discard the bay leaf. Return the soup to a soup pot and keep warm over
low heat. Season with salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl fold in the lemon zest and the remaining teaspoon of
rosemary to 2/3 cup creme fraiche. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls
and dollop each bowl with the lemon rosemary creme fraiche. Serve


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